Singapore Airlines has just recently updated their new redemption charts to include Premium Economy redemption - read more about the changes here! If you are looking for more ways to earn KrisFlyer Miles, check out the guide to the co-branded American Express cards here! The national carrier of Singapore has just announced that KrisFlyer members will now be able to use their hard earned miles for shopping on KrisShop - read on to find out why you should most definitely NOT do this.
Firstly, KrisFlyer miles are sacred (to us mile chasers) and extremely valuable - if you use them correctly, you can easily get over S$50 value for every 1,000 miles - this is why I strongly advocate choosing miles over some pesky cash rebate. In fact, you should also consider buying miles by paying for the annual fees of credit cards if you intend to travel in a premium class often.
Secondly, your KrisFlyer miles are worth almost nothing on KrisShop. Sure, getting a brand new Samsonite Spinner Luggage seems like a great idea but honestly, do you want to exchange 87,500 KrisFlyer Miles for a S$700 luggage bag - you are only getting S$8 value per 1,000 KrisFlyer mile. KrisShop is running a 10% off required miles until 15 June 2016 but even then, you are only getting S$8.89 value per 1,000 miles (compare that to over S$50 on a premium cabin redemption)! To put things into perspective, it will only cost you 68,000 KrisFlyer Miles and approximately S$68 in taxes to redeem for a Return Business Class Flight to Japan from Singapore on Singapore Airlines.
Seriously, save your miles for something else.
I personally recommend the DBS Woman's World Mastercard (WMC) and DBS Altitude Card combo if you typically charge a lot of online travel expenses to your card - I personally max out the S$2,000 bonus each month on the WMC and charge the remaining online hotel and travel expenses to my DBS Altitude Card (up to S$5,000) for the rest of the statement period. Now, DBS advertises 3 miles per dollar on the DBS Altitude Card and if it is charged in SGD, you will earn 1,2 miles (in equivalent DBS Points) at the time of posting and the rest in the following month (usually on the 16th unless it is not a business day). However, I realised that over S$4,000 of my expenses in the previous month did not earn any bonus DBS Points (even though they are all online hotel expenses!).
Believe it or not but the OCBC VOYAGE Card is where I have been charging all my foreign expenses to recently. Sure the BOC Elite Miles Card and UOB Visa Signature Card offers 5 mpd and 4 mpd respectively but I am currently in the midst of consolidating my credit cards - it also takes a home loan to find out how much unsecured credit you actually have. While poking around the OCBC Rewards platform today, I realised that you can now convert OCBC VOYAGE Miles into KrisFlyer Miles without a minimum amount (well, 1 is the minimum).
I received an EDM last night notifying me that my OCBC Titanium Rewards Card will now earn 30 OCBC$ (equivalent to 12 miles per dollar) on all bus and train rides. All I have to do is to register my card on the TransitLink Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) portal and I will be able to enjoy this insane earn rate from 20 November 2018 to 19 December 2018, up to S$500 a monh - this offer is not open to everyone and you must be targeted in order to enjoy this promotional rate. The first 1,000 customers to register their cards on the portal will also get S$25 worth of NTUC vouchers.
You know the drill - from now until 30 November 2018, enjoy 30% redemption discount on selection routes across the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network for travel between 01 December 2018 and 31 December 2018 - blackout dates apply. This 30% discount is also applicable to travel to the USA (San Francisco and Los Angeles only) from 01 January 2019 to 31 January 2019.
If you have not jumped on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan bandwagon yet, it is not too late to do so but I definitely advise doing it as soon as possible since there is no telling when the Japan Airlines or Cathay Pacific deal would be pulled out. From now until 21 December 2018 , purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles and get up to 50% more miles - this effectively reduces the cost per 1,000 miles from USD 29.56 (inclusive of tax recovery fee) to USD 19.71.
Singapore Airlines unveiled KrisPay a number of months ago - this platform allows KrisFlyer members to convert their KrisFlyer miles into KrisPay miles which they can then use for everyday expenses like petrol, food, gadgets or phone bills just to name a few. New users will be able to earn 500 free KrisPay miles for simply logging in to KrisPay in the month of November 2018 for the first time.
Eligible customers who have received an SMS from OCBC Bank this evening to play the OCBC Catch Cart game will be able to earn up to 37,500 OCBC$ (worth 15,000 Miles) for being a top-scorer. Eligible customers will be able to play the game and submit their scores from 19 September 2018 to 30 September 2018 - your highest score will be recorded if you submit multiple scores.
I have always been an advocate for Chope since it allows you to not only make reservations on-the-go but also rack up plenty of Chope-Dollars which you can then use for dining vouchers or even KrisFlyer miles. There are no fees involved in using Chope so there is really zero reason for you not to - especially the last thing you want to experience is being turned away at a restaurant that you have already travelled down for.
I have not been using Mileslife as regularly as I would have wished but getting free miles by walking a number of steps each day and getting a chance to win some miles by opening the app do make it slightly more lucrative. For the month of September, Mileslife is offering users the chance to earn 1,200 bonus miles by complete three tasks (hopefully this is not targeted once again since their terms and conditions do not typically mention this).
Mileslife is a great way to supercharge the accrual of miles especially when bonuses are in place - there is currently the opportunity to earn up to 8 miles per dollar (on top of credit card spend) at selected restaurants. This means to say that if you are using the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa credit card, you can essentially earn up to 12 miles per dollar on dining which is crazy if you think about it! Apart from spending, users are able to accrue miles by simply completing a few simple tasks.